CNN – Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says

Last year, nearly 2.3 million US cases of these sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed, according to preliminary data. That’s the highest number ever reported nationwide, breaking the record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases, according to the CDC.

NPR – Investigators track contaminated lettuce outbreak to a cattle feedlot

According to the FDA, it probably came from a large cattle feedlot at one end of a valley near Yuma, Ariz., which is one the country’s biggest lettuce-growing areas.

Associated Press – Worldwide gun deaths reach 250,000 yearly; US ranks high

Gun deaths worldwide total about 250,000 yearly and the United States is among just six countries that make up half of those fatalities, a study found.

The New York Times – Pollution may dim thinking skills, study in China suggests

A large study in China suggests a link between air pollution and negative effects on people’s language and math skills.

NPR – Panel: Doctors should focus on preventing depression in pregnant women, new moms

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new draft recommendations saying that physicians should screen pregnant women and new moms to identify those who are at risk of becoming depressed, so they can be treated before they show symptoms and a diagnosis of depression can be averted.

The Washington Post – As if bots weren’t bad enough already, now they’re anti-vaccine

But what if the damage was not only to elections? What if the bots, trolls and malicious hackers also undermined public health and well-being?